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FTSE ends higher as miners rise, WH Smith ahead on cost cutting, bid buoys Hastings

UK stocks closed in positive territory on Wednesday, buoyed by strength in miners as the gold price continued to surge and with oil stocks in demand as crude prices broke higher following another significant drawdown in US weekly stockpiles. The benchmark FTSE 100 index closed up 68.72 points, or 1.14%, at 6,104.72. Motor insurer Hastings (HSTG) jumped 17.7% to 253p after it agreed to a bid ...

UK markets higher as Rolls-Royce slashes costs, but oil rally runs into headwind

UK markets made a strong start in this shortened trading week with European equity futures rising this morning as some commentators turn less gloomy. At 9am, the benchmark FTSE 100 index is up 2.7% at 5,563.52, led by aero-engineer Rolls-Royce (RR.), while the rally of the mid cap FTSE 250 is even firmer, jumping 4.6% at 14,752.45.A slowdown in the growth rate of new US coronavirus cases may ...

Market report: Tesco to pull out of home loans market while Galliford to cut workforce

UK markets have started the day higher with the benchmark FTSE 100 up 0.5% to 7,350.4, bouncing back after yesterday’s blockbuster announcement from Google that it is barring Chinese smartphone marker Huawei from updates to its Android operating system. On Tuesday UK investors seem more willing to put ongoing Brexit uncertainty to one side as they concentrate on corporate news, led by a ...
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